It had all started on a stinking hot Melbourne night, enjoying a couple of coldies on the verandah.
" Hey, some of the AusTouring guys have been prodding me in the ribs about another Tornanti-jaunt….whaddaya reckon?"
BIIIGG grin, no words…another beer then.
Many months later....
It'd taken another 4 years to get cranked up for the sequel, but time was good, the Aussie-$$ flying high, the September-October time slot perfect as ever after a wet European summer...and the third "Tornanti"-Ride rumbled away in its usual style.
This time is was into the backblocks of the western half of the European Alps, discovering the southern parts of Switzerland, then follow the Main Alpine Ridge south to the Mediterranean Coast and Les Alpes Maritime, bouncing back and forth across the Italian-French border.
And in general.... have the time of our lives.
From historical fetes at Swiss castles...
to delicious single-laners after some fresh snow high up...
Breathtaking vistas of the Main Alpine Ridge
Some weird rocks you can ride through
Some farmtracks here and there
Cruising above Lake Geneva on old military roads
Snoozing in some incredible digs in the vineyards of the Lower Valais.... own wine-cellar included.